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Using REDCap and Apple ResearchKit to Integrate Patient Questionnaires and Clinical Decision Support into the Electronic Health Record to Improve Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing in the Emergency Department

This on-demand webinar does not offer CE credit.

Ahmad FA, Payne PRO, Lackey I, et al. Using REDCap and Apple ResearchKit to integrate patient questionnaires and clinical decision support into the electronic health record to improve sexually transmitted infection testing in the emergency department. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2020;27(2):265–273. doi:10.1093/jamia/ocz182.

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Christopher Metts, MD
Assistant Professor, College of Medicine
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina


Maryam Zolnoori, PhD
Columbia School of Nursing
Mayo Clinic


Jason Thomas
PhD Student - NLM Predoctoral Trainee
Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education Department, University of Washington

Statement of Purpose

Audio-enhanced computer-assisted self-interviews (ACASIs) have been documented in the literature as methods that facilitate obtaining accurate sensitive social information from patients in a variety of clinical settings. However, the integration of these methods into clinical care is somewhat limited. While some electronic health record (EHRs) systems provide the ability to deliver patient questionnaires, access to build and deliver these are contained within the proprietary systems, limiting the ability to adapt them for use in new settings. Additionally, modifications to the EHR can be costly and time-consuming, requiring involvement of system analysts and programmers to develop, modify, and maintain clinical decision support (CDS) tools.

With this project, we endeavored to develop a software platform to integrate clinical decision support related to risk-factors for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) into our emergency department workflow, provide EHR integration, and mechanisms to develop and maintain a CDS tool without the need for EHR system analysts or programmers. These goals were achieved through integration of the popular REDCap web application for CDS design and data collection, Apple’s ResearchKit for survey delivery to patients using an iPad, and an internally developed application to facilitate communication between the iPad and EHR.

Target Audience

The target audience for this activity is professionals and students interested in biomedical and health informatics.

Learning Objectives

The general learning objective for all of the JAMIA Journal Club webinars is that participants will

  • Use a critical appraisal process to assess article validity and to gauge article findings' relevance to practice

After this live activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Design software platforms that leverage REDCap for content management, CDS logic, and depositing sensitive patient data in a HIPAA-compliant environment
  • Identify advantages and disadvantages of using “native” apps vs. web apps in clinical settings
  • Recognize advantages of ACASIs for collecting sensitive information from adolescent patients

This JAMIA Journal Club does not offer continuing education credit.

In our dedication to providing unbiased education even when no CE credit is associated with it, we provide planners’ and presenters’ disclosure of relevant financial relationships with commercial interests that has the potential to introduce bias in the presentation: 

Disclosures for this Activity

These faculty, planners, and staff who are in a position to control the content of this activity disclose that they and their life partners have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests: 

JAMIA Journal Club planners: Michael Chiang, Jason Thomas, Maryam Zolnoori
AMIA staff: Susanne Arnold, Pesha Rubinstein

JAMIA Journal Club presenter Christopher Metts discloses that he is a stockholder in Infinite Arms, LLC.  


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Type: Webinar
Course Format(s): On Demand